Tech Alum to Command NASA Shuttle Mission

NASA has assigned crew members, including Georgia Tech alum Stephen Frick, to the space shuttle mission that will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station.

A veteran space flier, Frick will command the STS-122 shuttle mission to deliver the lab to the station. Navy Cmdr. Alan G. Poindexter will serve as pilot. Mission specialists include Air Force Col. Rex J. Walheim, Stanley G. Love, Leland D. Melvin and European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel. Poindexter, Love and Melvin will be making their first spaceflight.

STS-122 will be Frick's second spaceflight. A native of Gibsonia, Pa., he served as pilot of shuttle mission STS-110, a flight to the station in 2002. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. Poindexter, a Pasadena, Calif., native, also has a master's from the Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor's from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Walheim, who considers San Carlos, Calif., his hometown, also flew on shuttle mission STS-110 in 2002 and is a veteran of two spacewalks. He has a bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's from the University of Houston. Melvin is a native of Lynchburg, Va., and has a bachelor's from the University of Richmond and a master's from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Love, a Eugene, Ore., native, has a bachelor's from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif., and a master's and doctorate from the University of Washington. Schlegel, a native of Aachen, Germany, has a master's degree from the University of Aachen. His first flight was on shuttle mission STS-55 in 1993.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.